Conscientious objectors Eran Aviv and Shahar Peretz / photo by Refusers Solidarity Network

Israel: Conscientious objectors Eran Aviv and Shahar Peretz resist for peace

Read the stories of Shahar Peretz,18, and Eran Aviv, 19, who are currently serving time in prison for their conscientious objection to military service. Shahar and Eran describe how young people in Israel, from an early age, are habituated through school and the wider society to their joining the IDF, and their refusal to take part in the occupation and the cycle of violence.

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ECtHR: Azerbaijan violated conscientious objectors' human rights

On 7 October, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) issued a decision that Azerbaijan had violated the human rights of two Jehovah's Witness young men, Emil Mehdiyev and Vahid Abilov, who had been convicted in 2018 for refusing compulsory military service on grounds of conscience.

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New WRI Telegram channel

The WRI office has recently started a new broadcast channel on the Telegram app, offering our supporters another way of staying in touch with our work. We'll use the channel to share news and updates about our various campaigns and projects, direct to your phone.

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Human Rights Groups urged the UK military to stop recruiting under 18s

An open letter signed by a coalition of human rights groups, including Child Rights International Network, Amnesty International UK and Human Rights Watch, urged the defence Ministry to stop recruiting children aged under 18.